Worried that proposed Airtrack will cause traffic chaos to Staines and Egham
By MelBattams | Sunday, October 10, 2010, 12:06
I read with interest, and worry, the recent article in the Surrey Advertiser about the proposed Airtrack rail service. Apparently Surrey County Council is planning to scrap their objections to the rail link.
The train barrier going down in Thorpe Road.
A train passing through - could this sight become a more regular occurance in Staines and Egham?
Airtrack is a proposed rail service by BAA linking parts of Surrey, including Egham and Staines, Berkshire and London to Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport. They’re going to use mostly existing train tracks.
One route would be from London Waterloo via Staines and through Egham. Estimates have shown that due to the increased number of train journeys through our local stations, the barriers in Egham, including the Thorpe Road barrier which leads into Staines, could be down for up to 33 minutes in every hour.
The newspaper reports that local residents are outraged and believe the council has ‘sold them down the river, as they have voted for an £11m mitigation package of minor traffic management schemes around Egham, rather than proceeding with a proposed underpass to try to solve congestion problems at level crossings in the town.’
I’m really worried about this proposal. The traffic around the Staines roundabout, going over Staines Bridge, is a nightmare at peak times already, surely this is only going to make things ten times worse. It will also completely cut Egham off, as the town has so many train barriers people will get stuck no matter which way they go.